The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has stated that they are ready to unite with Russia. He said this during the bilateral talks with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. “The two of us could unite tomorrow, no problem,” says Lukashenko. “But are you—Russians and Belarusians—ready for it? We’re ready to unite and consolidate our efforts, states and peoples as far as we’re ready.”
Russia and Belarus have been allies ever since the 1990s. But rumors say that Belarus may be taken over by Russia, deepening the union state arrangement between the two countries. Putin is questioning the concept of independent states. “There are simply no fully independent states in the world. The modern world is a world of interdependence.” the Russian president said. Putin’s presidential term ends in 2024. By constitution, he is not allowed to run again either. By creating a union with Belarus, he could bypass the constitution.